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Abandoned homes dot suburbs of Tokyo

Many of these have been inherited by people who have no use for them but can't sell them, and they do not want to pay for their demolition either

An abandoned house, which has since been torn down, in Yokusuka, a hillside neighbourhood about an hour's drive from Tokyo. Government figures put the number of vacant homes in Japan at eight million; nearly half have been abandoned.

Yokosuka, Japan

EVER since her elderly neighbour moved out a decade ago, Yoriko Haneda has done what she could to keep the empty house she left behind from becoming an eyesore. She regularly trims its shrubs and clips its narrow strip of grass, maintaining its perfect view of the sea.